Aboriginal Healing, Historical Trauma
"How many times have you heard, 'What is WRONG with that person?' There is nothing wrong with that person, things are HAPPENING or have HAPPENED to that person." Dr Carlie Atkinson
What is Sharing Culture?
Sharing Culture is an education initiative to help Indigenous peoples heal from historical trauma and its consequences (e.g. mental health problems, addiction, suicide), as well as the impact of other adversities, e.g. social and economic disadvantage, experiences of paternalism and racism, and ongoing grief.
Sharing Culture was developed by David Clark, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology, who lives in Perth, Western Australia. It is based on the core values of authenticity, connection, courage, creativity, empathy and forgiveness.
We adopt a strengths-based, solution-focused approach that celebrates success and cultivates positivity, acceptance and cultural pride. In addition, we use principles known to facilitate healing.
Sharing Culture aims to build educational and storytelling resources that (1) empower Indigenous people to heal, (2) help people create environments in which healing can flourish, and (3) reduce barriers to healing (e.g. racism, paternalism) in wider society.
The Foundation of Our Approach
Sharing Culture recognises that healing from trauma (and its consequences) requires empowerment and connection, and a culturally safe environment. Indigenous people must connect to their culture, land, spirituality, family, community and history to facilitate healing.
Self-determinism is the central foundation of healing. Indigenous communities, families and individuals must own and control their healing process. An holistic approach to health and wellbeing is key, one which incorporates the physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, social and environmental.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people must come together to facilitate the healing of Indigenous people. Indigenous knowledge and understanding is key to helping create a society where people have an improved wellness, are more environmentally aware, and are more respectful, caring and empathic towards their fellow man, no matter what his or her culture.
Why not take a Website Tour? Please check About Us and our Testimonials. And our Facebook page for links to other important information. And please check out our Revel project, which is focused on one of Australia's most famous artists.
Noongar Smoking Ceremony at Fremantle Round House. For more, see here.
Jan James (formerly Goodacre) is a genealogist, historian and writer who over a period of nearly 40 years has assembled an unrivalled collection of Aboriginal records and photographs. She has written 14 books, including ‘Forever Warriors’, which contains biographical details, and in most cases photographs, of all Western Australian Aboriginal servicemen in all conflicts.
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As some of you will know, I've been busy over the past year working on a new project focused on the Aboriginal artist Revel Cooper. My close colleague Mike Liu and I have been deeply involved in research and development of this exciting project.
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